Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.68/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
07 HJ on the back, 330ml brown bottle into maudite snifter.
A - this brew looks magnificent. the body is a bright, clear, bubbly apple juice colour, martinelli's to be specific. the head is big, fluffy, and bright white. the body is a great colour, and the turbidity is good too; it is very transparent, but one cannot see through the body itself, only light is seen, no images. the head falls at a reasonable rate, and leaves some lacing, and a full layer of foam over the top.
S - this is one of the best smelling and strongest smelling tripels I have ever had. wow, where to start. the top notes are of golden malts and some crisp apples and ripe pears; the fruitiness is exceptional, as is the character of the malts. there is a very light underlying spiciness that is blended in perfectly with the malts, which tend to dominate over it. the spiciness is most identifiable as a light pepper. there is also a medium sized character of citrus and honey, though the pear/apple-malt combination tends to overwhelm it. the mid ground is characterized by this honey like sweetness. perhaps some of the alcohol can be smelled one the brew begins to warm.
T - the initial taste is malty, slightly sweet, a bit bitter, and onehundred percent delicious. this barley wheat oat combination is superb, the malts taste so incredibly smooth and consistent. all of the flavours are distinct and very up front with their flavour. first the apple pear combinaiton comes out, using the pears sweetness and the tartness of granny smith apples, this bitter sweetness stays as the hops introduce a more herbal type of bitterness. the finish is sweet, carbonated, and dry. the alcohol comes out most clearly in the finish, it affords a spicy and almost grainy flavour. the aftertaste is more subdued, but then at times it is quite reminding. the aftertaste is primarily malty, with a bit of the bittersweet combination of the pears and apples. the only reason this doesnt get top marks is probably because it was missing some of that certain flavour which is indicative of the style. maybe it comes from the yeast, i dont know, but it just didnt have that concentrated tripel flavour during the finish.
MF&D - the feel is perfect, what can I say. great amounts of small scale carbonation with a medium body. smooth, creamy, mouthcoating: this beer is the perfect embodiment of these characteristics. the carbonation goes down so well for its abundance, it is quite hard to believe.
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2009 00:01:05 | More by erz316
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